Clinical study evaluating oolong tea’s ability to lower blood sugar is topic at 11th Annual Cohen Memorial Research Lecture

Monday, April 10, 2006

Can sipping oolong tea help older people with diabetes lower their blood sugar?

A physician at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler is attempting to find out. David Shafer, MD, will discuss a clinical trial of oolong tea that he’s overseeing at the 11th Annual Allen B. Cohen Memorial Research Lecture Tuesday evening, April 11, at the Ornelas Activity Center, 3402 Old Omen Road in Tyler.

Dr. Shafer will present “Tea: Is It an Elixir for Life?” during the event, which begins at 6 p.m. UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun will welcome guests to the invitation-only event. Steven Idell, MD, Ph.D., UTHSCT’s vice president of research, then will speak briefly about recent research grants at the Health Center. He also will recognize the three recipients of the 2006 Research Membership Seed Grant Awards.

Dr. Shafer is director of the Center for Diabetes Care. He is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. In January, he was recognized by the Diabetes Provider Recognition Program for providing high quality care to people with diabetes. The program is a joint initiative of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the American Diabetes Association.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. An estimated 17 million residents of the United States have diabetes.

Dr. Cohen was an internationally respected pulmonary physician and researcher. The former Health Center executive associate director and professor of medicine and biochemistry died in February 1995. He was the catalyst that helped make the Health Center a world-class biomedical research facility.

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